Steve Thweatt named CU-Boulder vice chancellor for administration

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University of Colorado Boulder Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer Kelly Fox has named Steve Thweatt as vice chancellor for administration, effective July 1. Thweatt has been serving as interim vice chancellor for administration since March 15.

“I am delighted that Steve will continue in this vital post,” said Fox. “He brings long experience, a deep knowledge of CU-Boulder’s physical plant operations and infrastructure, a strong dedication to collaboration, and great imagination and leadership. He will be an outstanding addition to our leadership team.”

The vice chancellor for administration supervises a division of almost 700 employees and oversees an annual operating budget of $112 million. Areas of responsibility include campus construction, facilities management, public safety, environmental health and safety, human resources, risk management, environmental sustainability, printing and the campus bookstore.

Thweatt has worked for CU-Boulder at two different periods during his career. Prior to serving as interim vice chancellor for administration, Thweatt served as assistant vice chancellor for facilities management from July 2012 to March of this year, providing strategic leadership and administrative oversight for capital planning, design and construction, sustainability, engineering, physical plant operations, campus utilities and campus logistics.

Prior to returning to CU-Boulder in 2012, he was associate vice president of planning, design and construction at Emory University in Atlanta. From 1994 to 2007, Thweatt served as the CU-Boulder campus architect and director of planning, design and construction.

I am honored by this appointment and continue to enjoy the privilege of serving the leadership of one of the finest universities in the nation, and easily the most beautiful,” Thweatt said.

Thweatt said his priorities include working to complete a study of how campus space is used, managing the growth and development of CU-Boulder’s East Campus to serve the university’s research mission, and collaborating closely with campus facility users “so that we can continue to make innovations in how our vital infrastructure is designed and utilized, while constantly gauging how it serves our community.”

“I am gratified that so many people within our work units are focused so intently on supporting the campus’s strategic goals and serving our faculty, staff and students,” Thweatt said. “That ethic makes heading this division more of a passion than a responsibility.”

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